Born to Reign

Born to Reign

by Will Smith

CD

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Overview

"You've seen me with Denzel and Russ Crowe/But yo, the movie's just the chick on the side/I'm in love with the flow," proclaims Will Smith on "How the Beat Goes" -- setting straight anyone who thought the Fresh Prince had forsaken his rap roots for the bright lights of Hollywood. But just as Smith has proven to be an apt acting pupil, Born to Reign, his third disc sans DJ Jazzy Jeff, shows that the entertainer's also kept abreast of hip-hop trends since he dropped 1999's Willennium. For instance, on the dramatic, orchestral title track, Smith echoes Eminem's explosive yet melodic flow. But with positive lyrics such as, "Tightening the vices of truth on the ruthless," Smith uses his G-rated lyrics to build rather than to destroy. Likewise, the flamenco-accented "I Can't Stop" seems to have been inspired by the ever-boisterous Ja Rule, as Smith sing-raps the chorus, "I can't stop/Dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit-dit," at the top of his lungs. While not all of his experimentation with new styles works, the R&B-tinged "1,000 Kisses," featuring surprisingly cool vocals from wife Jada, and the rocked-out "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)" (also included on the Men in Black II soundtrack) are classic Fresh Prince. The family man also engages listeners with a comical, reggae-tinged tribute to his baby daughter, "Willow." Whether he's on the silver screen or busting a rhyme, this Will's unstoppable.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/05/2019
Label: Sony Import
UPC: 5099750795521
catalogNumber: 0795521
Rank: 59726

Tracks

  1. Born To Reign
  2. Act Like You Know
  3. I Can't Stop
  4. Jaden's Interlude
  5. 1000 Kisses
  6. Willow Is A Player
  7. Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)
  8. How Da Beat Goes
  9. Block Party
  10. Give Me Tonite
  11. I Gotta Go Home
  12. Maybe
  13. Nod Ya Head
  14. Momma Knows

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Will Smith   Primary Artist
Andy Narell   Steel Drums
Anas Allaf   Guitar,fender rhodes
Rob Chiarelli   Bass,Guitar
Luis Conte   Percussion
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Nora Payne   Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel   Drums
TRA-Knox   Track Performer
Adam "DJ Am" Goldstein   scratching
Knowledge   Vocals
Kel Spencer   Vocals

Technical Credits

Anas Allaf   Pro-Tools
Rico Anderson   Programming,Producer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Rob Chiarelli   Producer,Engineer
Steve Churchyard   Percussion Engineer
Tony Dofat   Producer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Tim Kelley   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Herb Middleton   Producer
Derek Nakamoto   String Arrangements
Greg Pagani   Producer
Sauce   Vocal Producer
Aimee MacAuley   Art Direction
Poke   Producer
Will Smith   Executive Producer
Rick Rock   Producer
Bryan Golder   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Andy Haller   Engineer
Jimane Nelson   Producer
Jerry Allen   Producer
Chandler Bridges   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Marks Sparks   Producer
Theron Feemster   Composer,Producer

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